The Obama administration largely supports both bills although it had some reservations regarding their liability protections. But civil liberties and privacy groups say they strongly opposed one bill sponsored by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The Rosemary Award, established in 2005 by the National Security Archive – a Washington, D.C.-based independent watchdog group located at George Washington University – is intended to "highlight the lowlights of government secrecy."
President Obama has created a new position at the White House – director of White House information technology – and tapped a former Facebook employee to fill it.
Not every government website is represented in the data. The dashboard only collects information from about 300 executive branch domains, out of about 1,350 total.
A U.S. Chamber of Commerce representative said at March 4 congressional hearing that his group favors a controversial Senate proposal that encourages companies to volutarily share cyber threat information with other companies and the federal government while providing them with needed liability protections.
The executive order issued by the White House Feb. 13 will enable private sector companies to better share cybersecurity threat information, whether they're domestic or international entities.
In his new role, Patil is expected to help shape policies and practices on U.S. technological innovation, forge partnerships to help the nation get the most on its investments in data, and recruit and retain talent in data science to help serve the public.
The White House last week released a generally upbeat interim report detailing progress in implementing privacy protections around the ever-increasing collection, use and storage of big data.
The Secret Service, which has been embroiled in recent years by operational lapses, low morale and other issues, would see a sizable 16.3 percent boost – or about $308 million – under the president's recently unveiled 2016 budget proposal.
One expert cited a Washington Post article from last March that said that federal agents notified more than 3,000 U.S. companies in 2013 that their computer systems had been hacked – and likely more than once.